The Rationality and Madness of Audiophilia PCTuning


The classic joke says that one should never deal with better audio: One moment you buy the first better headphones – and then you suddenly wake up the moment you concrete the basics for the turntable. It’s hard to say where the thin line between musical delicacy and utter madness leads!

Quality audio is said to be something you don’t miss until you try it out for the first time. I remember my first encounter with branded audio quite clearly: years ago I tried out the headphones in the store – and I just refused to put them out of my head and went straight to pay. It was also not advisable to put better audio equipment somewhere at home, because then it mysteriously disappeared – and it was always worn by someone who had previously claimed that he had never heard any difference in the quality of music.

That’s it. And audiophilia has the problem of constantly treating more and more things – and producers and audiophanists just keep doing better and better things. So you first come to terms with the fact that good headphones cost two liters, then five, then about ten, and then you hear the tape planes at twenty-five, and you find yourself looking for ways to explain this to your family.

And then, of course, boxes and amplifiers and digital-to-analog battles, then a return to renowned and discontinued amplifier models, an examination of the best tubes that were made just two years before World War II, measuring whether your floor can hold concrete speakers, and finally the inevitable transformation. one room per listening area.

This thing really has no limits. On the one hand, audio is worth the two hundred sound generators they sell on the market, which at the time of production were more like electrical waste – and on the other hand, madness like Sennheiser HE1, which are headphones that have their own marble retractable tube amplifier and go through a “buying process” starting with a $ 10,000 deposit instead of a “purchase”, followed by an interview with a company employee, custom-made headphones – and paying the remaining 49,000 dollars. And surprisingly – even critical audiophiles say that if you can, God bless you – even though for most mortals it’s a product as fancy as the new Lamborghini.


Source: PCTuning – Všechen obsah by pctuning.cz.

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